Dolly Parton leads tributes to Loretta Lynn

Country music fans all over the world are still thinking about loss of the legendary Loretta Lynn, who passed away at the age of 90. Among those paying tribute is her dear friend and fellow country superstar, Dolly Parton.

It’s not just Dolly who is remembering Loretta’s incredible impact on country music. Other stars including Carole King, Carrie Underwood, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Jack White have also shared their heartfelt tributes.

Jack White, who collaborated with Loretta on an album in 2004, described her as a “mother figure” and “the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century.” He acknowledged her groundbreaking contributions to feminism and women’s rights, which she fearlessly championed in a genre that often pushed back against such ideas.

Loretta Lynn was a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She used her music to talk about the struggles and triumphs of women, giving voice to their experiences at a time when they were often marginalized in the country music scene. Her songs, like her signature hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” were filled with rural pride, determination, and personal stories from her own life.

One of her greatest hits, “The Pill,” celebrated reproductive freedom and challenged the conservative norms of the industry. Her refusal to conform earned her both admiration and backlash, but she persevered and paved the way for future generations of female country artists.

Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and Margo Price all credit Loretta Lynn for opening doors for women in country music. Reba said, “I sure appreciate her paving the rough and rocky road for all us girl singers,” while Miranda praised her for blazing a trail. Margo added, “It’s safe to say I wouldn’t even be making country music today if it weren’t for Loretta Lynn. Her writing was as real as the day was long.”

Carrie Underwood shared a fond memory of her first encounter with Loretta at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. She recalled how Loretta playfully smacked her on the rear end, showcasing her cantankerous yet friendly personality. Carrie described her as “irreplaceable” and emphasized how Loretta’s legacy lives on in the hearts of those she influenced.

Loretta Lynn’s impact extended beyond her fellow country artists. Carole King called her an “inspiration,” k.d. lang described her as “joyous, fierce, one of a kind,” and Billy Ray Cyrus expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to duet with Loretta.

The world has truly lost a legend, but Loretta’s music and spirit will continue to inspire and resonate with fans for generations to come.